Pidgin is a lightweight chatting application that allows users to engage in multiple chats at once. However, if this sounds plain, users should know that these chats can be provided by various services, as this app is a chat manager so multiple accounts can be added and used. First of all, users will have to create an account on Pidgin’s website and they will be able to complete this process in under a minute. Afterwards, everything can be achieved through the main application and the first thing that users might want to do is to connect their chat accounts with the tool.
Multiple services are supported, including Yahoo, Google Talk and even IRC. However, users can also integrate Facebook with this app in order to see whoever is logged into the chatting system provided by the website. They will be able to start a chat with them, too, but only the basic features of the original chat will be available. Pidgin focuses on preserving the options provided by the original instant messaging apps and because of this, users are able to engage in audio or video calls with ease, while also experiencing a high quality conversation.
File transfers are also possible and users only have to drag and drop a file onto the chat window, and their partner will be informed about the file they are about to receive. A series of plugins is available for this application and any of them can increase its functionality in different ways. There are different emoticons that can be installed, but some of them will only be seen by Pidgin users. Skins can also be downloaded and installed into the app and they can be changed without the user being required to restart the application, as other chat services require.